The National Basketball Association (NBA) will host the fifth annual NBA Canada Series presented by Bell, featuring two preseason games in Vancouver and Calgary. Two-time reigning Kia NBA MVP Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, who made NBA history with 73 wins during the 2015-16 regular season, will take on 2016 NBA All-Stars DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday, Oct. 1. The game will mark seven-time NBA All-Star Kevin Durant’s Warriors debut. The Raptors will then face Ontario native Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Monday, Oct. 3. Murray, the No. 7 selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, will be making his NBA preseason debut.
The Denver Nuggets will play an eight-game preseason schedule that includes a trip to Calgary, Canada to take on the Toronto Raptors on October 3rd as part of the NBA’s fifth annual Canada Series. Denver will play six games on the road, including two against the Los Angeles Lakers before heading to Lincoln, Nebraska on October 12th to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
With tremendous ratings for LeBron James and the Cavaliers NBA Finals victory and a super team formed on the West Coast, ESPN and ABC are prepping a massive TV campaign for the 2016-17 NBA season. ESPN and ABC, both owned by Disney, will feature 100 regular season games, the most ever the partner networks. That includes 18 games on ABC and 82 on ESPN. At the center of it all is a big Christmas Day schedule that includes the Cavs hosting the Golden State Warriors in a Finals rematch.